Saudi Arabia - Riyadh - Kingdom Centre - Burj Al Mamlakah
Riyadh (Arabic: الرياض Ar-Riyāḍ) is the capital of Saudi Arabia and its largest city. It is also the capital of Riyadh Province, and belongs to the historical regions of Nejd and Al-Yamama. It is situated in the center of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau, and is home to over 6,360,000 people.
Kingdom Tower (Arabic: برج المملكة) in Riyadh is the tallest skyscraper in Saudi Arabia. With a height of 302 m (992 ft), it is the 37th tallest building in the world. The tower is built on area of 94,230 square meters of land, while the whole center is built on a total area of 300,000 square meters. The tower is host to the highest mosque in the world. The Kingdom Center is owned by Al-Waleed bin Talal, a prince of the Saudi royal family. It is also the headquarters of his holding company: Kingdom Holding Company. The total cost of the project was 1.717 billion Saudi Arabian Riyals and the contract was taken by Saudi Arabian El Saif and the Italian Impregilo S.p.A. Kingdom Center is situated in Al-Urubah Road between King Fahd Road and Olaya Street in the growing business district of Al-Olaya in Riyadh. Kingdom Center was the winner of the 2002 Emporis Skyscraper Award, selected as the "best new skyscraper of the year for design and functionality". A three-level shopping center, which also won a major design award, fills the east wing. The large opening is illuminated at night in continuously changing colors. Known as the “necklace” for its unusual apex, its most distinctive feature is steel and glass, 300 tone bridge connecting the two towers. High speed elevators fly you (at 180km/h) to the 99th floor sky bridge from where the views are breathtaking.
Photo taken from Sheraton Riyadh hotel during blue hour.
PENTAX K20D, f/13, 30 sec (30), ISO 100, 35 mm
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